Romans 5:3-5.            “There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!”

When you start an exercise program you build not only muscles but also a tolerance for the pain you endure during training. When you stop ( for whatever reason) not only do you feel that same pain all over again (sometimes even worse than before) but you also struggle to get into and maintain your groove.

The Christian walk is pretty much the same. Building spiritual muscles takes time and effort and when you give up or step away from it (for whatever reason) then you struggle and it all seems harder than before. 

You can’t give up on either endeavor though. As you grow stronger you begin to realize other benefits of your activity and see just how blessed you are 

Think About This 
Do you live your Christian life in sets? How’s that working out?


Dear Lord, Please help me to be consistent and to never give up. Help me grow stronger in You each day. In Jesus name I pray. Amen 


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